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Jack Welch Quote: “For a large organization to be effective, it must be simple.”

For a large organization to be effective, it must be simple.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “If GE’s strategy of investment in China is wrong, it represents a loss of a billion dollars, perhaps a couple of billion dollars. If it is right, it is the future of this company for the next century.”

If GE’s strategy of investment in China is wrong, it represents a loss of a billion dollars, perhaps a couple of billion dollars. If it is right, it is the future of this company for the next century.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you don’t deliver, you don’t earn the flexibility.”

If you don’t deliver, you don’t earn the flexibility.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The operative assumption today is that someone, somewhere, has a better idea; and the operative compulsion is to find out who has that better idea, learn it, and put it into action-fast.”

The operative assumption today is that someone, somewhere, has a better idea; and the operative compulsion is to find out who has that better idea, learn it, and put it into action-fast.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You measure your people and you take action on those that don’t measure up.”

You measure your people and you take action on those that don’t measure up.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.”

My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “For a large corporation to be effective, it must be simple. For an organization to be simple, its people must have self-confidence and intellectual self-assurance. Insecure managers create complexity, real leaders do not clutter.”

For a large corporation to be effective, it must be simple. For an organization to be simple, its people must have self-confidence and intellectual self-assurance. Insecure managers create complexity, real leaders do not clutter.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “In every company, differentiation is never more important than it is in times of trouble, and that’s the time when everyone tends to go to the well and equalize rather than differentiate.”

In every company, differentiation is never more important than it is in times of trouble, and that’s the time when everyone tends to go to the well and equalize rather than differentiate.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Nothing of any importance has ever been accomplished by a pessimist.”

Nothing of any importance has ever been accomplished by a pessimist.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you’re not in Germany, you’re not in Europe. And if you’re not in Asia, you’re nowhere.”

If you’re not in Germany, you’re not in Europe. And if you’re not in Asia, you’re nowhere.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “Lack of candor blocks smart ideas, fast action, and good people contributing all the stuff they’ve got. It’s a killer.”

Lack of candor blocks smart ideas, fast action, and good people contributing all the stuff they’ve got. It’s a killer.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Protecting underperformers always backfires.”

Protecting underperformers always backfires.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “We bring together the best ideas – turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies.”

We bring together the best ideas – turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “In my lifetime, Mitt Romney is the most qualified leader I’ve ever seen run for the presidency of the United States.”

In my lifetime, Mitt Romney is the most qualified leader I’ve ever seen run for the presidency of the United States.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I don’t feel under-taxed in any way at all.”

I don’t feel under-taxed in any way at all.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Leading a big company means never allowing a company to take itself too seriously.”

Leading a big company means never allowing a company to take itself too seriously.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Short cycle business are being impacted by credit, and are being impacted by gasoline prices, food, distribution businesses, chemical business.”

Short cycle business are being impacted by credit, and are being impacted by gasoline prices, food, distribution businesses, chemical business.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Your goal, in other words, should be to make your bosses smarter, your team more effective, and the whole company more competitive because of your energy, creativity, and insights.”

Your goal, in other words, should be to make your bosses smarter, your team more effective, and the whole company more competitive because of your energy, creativity, and insights.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I guarantee you it will not be anyone from the outside.”

I guarantee you it will not be anyone from the outside.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “In any bad situation you can not let yourself be a victim.”

In any bad situation you can not let yourself be a victim.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “I’ve learned in a hundred ways that I rarely regretted acting but often regretted NOT acting fast enough.”

I’ve learned in a hundred ways that I rarely regretted acting but often regretted NOT acting fast enough.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “As leaders, we owe it to every employee to let them know where they stand in the organization.”

As leaders, we owe it to every employee to let them know where they stand in the organization.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “That’s all managing is: just coming up with the right questions and getting the right answers.”

That’s all managing is: just coming up with the right questions and getting the right answers.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “In difficult times your best must be hugged, loved, kissed, rewarded, paid – everything. And your worst must be the people that leave, because your best are going to take you to the next game.”

In difficult times your best must be hugged, loved, kissed, rewarded, paid – everything. And your worst must be the people that leave, because your best are going to take you to the next game.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world’s best talents and greatest ideas.”

Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world’s best talents and greatest ideas.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Approach every meeting with a purposeful, high-energy, ready-to-make-a-contribution attitude, and watch how fast leadership’s perception of you follows your behavior.”

Approach every meeting with a purposeful, high-energy, ready-to-make-a-contribution attitude, and watch how fast leadership’s perception of you follows your behavior.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you want risk taking, set an example yourself and reward and praise those that do.”

If you want risk taking, set an example yourself and reward and praise those that do.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The hero is the one with ideas.”

The hero is the one with ideas.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You got to be rigorous in your appraisal system. The biggest cowards are managers who don’t let people know where they stand.”

You got to be rigorous in your appraisal system. The biggest cowards are managers who don’t let people know where they stand.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Most organizations fail in driving change.”

Most organizations fail in driving change.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The team with the best players usually does win – this is why you need to invest the majority of your time and energy in developing your people.”

The team with the best players usually does win – this is why you need to invest the majority of your time and energy in developing your people.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies – in the minds of those closest to the work.”

We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies – in the minds of those closest to the work.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Not surprisingly, work-life moaners tend to be a phenomenon of below-average performers.”

Not surprisingly, work-life moaners tend to be a phenomenon of below-average performers.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I believe that in any initiative, you can’t have a flavor of the month. When you believe something is profound in a company, you can not be a logical leader. You have to go to the lunatic fringe. There is no way that logic is what you need to change people.”

I believe that in any initiative, you can’t have a flavor of the month. When you believe something is profound in a company, you can not be a logical leader. You have to go to the lunatic fringe. There is no way that logic is what you need to change people.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You can’t behave in a calm, rational manner. You’ve got to be out there on the lunatic fringe.”

You can’t behave in a calm, rational manner. You’ve got to be out there on the lunatic fringe.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “This shows you are never too old to get surprised.”

This shows you are never too old to get surprised.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “We have the brand, and we have the fulfillment capability. Now we had to get the Net, and that’s the easiest part of the game.”

We have the brand, and we have the fulfillment capability. Now we had to get the Net, and that’s the easiest part of the game.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Trying to get people to face reality and see the world the way it really is is an absolutely critical aspect of leadership, in my view.”

Trying to get people to face reality and see the world the way it really is is an absolutely critical aspect of leadership, in my view.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If we don’t create private sector jobs and just – just creating public sector jobs, we’re going nowhere. This is a bad game. You’ve got to have innovation. You’ve got to have tax policies that support innovation.”

If we don’t create private sector jobs and just – just creating public sector jobs, we’re going nowhere. This is a bad game. You’ve got to have innovation. You’ve got to have tax policies that support innovation.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn’t have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people.”

An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn’t have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “People aren’t the same. Business is, in my opinion, all about the team that fields the best players. It’s not about an idea. An idea goes away. Somebody catches up with it. It’s not about a widget.”

People aren’t the same. Business is, in my opinion, all about the team that fields the best players. It’s not about an idea. An idea goes away. Somebody catches up with it. It’s not about a widget.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you’ve got a company that has a mentality inside that is filled with searching for a better idea every day, not just as a slogan but as a real concept, you will have innovation around you all the time.”

If you’ve got a company that has a mentality inside that is filled with searching for a better idea every day, not just as a slogan but as a real concept, you will have innovation around you all the time.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “What Sam Walton did was to go into one of the most mature industries of all and find a way to make it grow, grow, grow, double-digit, month after month, year after year. He did it by innovation, customer focus, and above all, speed.”

What Sam Walton did was to go into one of the most mature industries of all and find a way to make it grow, grow, grow, double-digit, month after month, year after year. He did it by innovation, customer focus, and above all, speed.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “When I stop learning something new and start talking about the past versus the future, I will go.”

When I stop learning something new and start talking about the past versus the future, I will go.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel?”

If you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel?

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You can’t believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple. They worry that if they’re simple, people will think they’re simpleminded. In reality, of course, it’s just the reverse. Clear, tough-minded people are the most simple.”

You can’t believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple. They worry that if they’re simple, people will think they’re simpleminded. In reality, of course, it’s just the reverse. Clear, tough-minded people are the most simple.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Any jerk can have short-term earnings. You squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, and the company sinks five years later.”

Any jerk can have short-term earnings. You squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, and the company sinks five years later.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Ideally, the star will be replaced within eight hours. This sends the message that no single individual is bigger than the company.”

Ideally, the star will be replaced within eight hours. This sends the message that no single individual is bigger than the company.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Genuine leadership comes from the quality of your vision and your ability to spark others to extraordinary performance.”

Genuine leadership comes from the quality of your vision and your ability to spark others to extraordinary performance.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I’m not perfect, but if there are any points given for caring about people with every fiber of your being and giving life all you’ve got every day, then I suppose I have a shot.”

I’m not perfect, but if there are any points given for caring about people with every fiber of your being and giving life all you’ve got every day, then I suppose I have a shot.

— Jack Welch

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